The yellow watermelon, also known as Japanese watermelon, comes from a botanical graft created in a natural way by the Japanese, therefore it is not a GMOs fruit. It is a fruit of the same family of red watermelon but it has a crisp yellow pulp, the exotic taste similar to that of mango and pineapple, and a prickle pear aftertaste, therefore a mix of smells and flavors that make it truly unique. But let's discover the characteristics of yellow watermelon, this summery and thirst-quenching fruit to be discovered and savored.
Healthy Characteristics of Yellow Watermelon
The yellow watermelon contains more than 95% of water, it is therefore very thirst-quenching and refreshing: the water content also makes it a purifying and draining fruit. Yellow watermelon also contains beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A that gives it, in addition to its yellow color, important healthy characteristics: it ensures the good functioning of the retina with benefits for the eyesight, and also allows a healthy bones development, and it is a powerful antioxidant, thanks also to the presence of vitamin C, fighting the damaging action of free radicals and delaying cellular aging. In addition, vitamin A protects the skin and mucous membranes of the whole body and strengthens the hair. The yellow watermelon also contains important mineral salts such as potassium, a powerful natural antibacterial that also helps maintain proper function of nerves and muscles, it is also free of fats and contains very few calories.
The yellow watermelon has therefore moisturizing, purifying, draining and refreshing characteristics that make it better than the red watermelon, it can therefore be consumed during summer as an alternative to the classic red watermelon, thanks to its organoleptic characteristics that make the yellow watermelon a really healthy fruit.
Where Can We Find the Yellow Watermelon?
The yellow watermelon is produced also in Italy, especially in Basilicata and Sicily, where it is mainly cultivated in the province of Agrigento and Aragona. Also in Lazio, precisely in the Agro Pontino area, there is a good production of yellow watermelon. SO it is a fruit whose original graft is Asian, but that we can easily find for sale even in small family companies of farmers, as well as in large supermarkets.
Main Differences between Red Watermelon and Yellow Watermelon
Which are the main difference between red watermelon and yellow watermelon? The differences mainly concern the color, the size and the composition of the fruit. The yellow watermelon is in fact smaller than the traditional one and it has a thinner and more spotted skin: there are however two types, one is green and the other one has a rougher peel. The weight of the yellow watermelon can vary from a few kilos up to ten.
When Is It Better to Cultivate it?
The yellow watermelon can be grown in April or May in open ground, or between February and March in protected seedbeds. The harvest takes place during summer, between June and August. Once harvested, yellow watermelons must be kept in a fresh place, and they must be consumed to taste all the freshness of this fruit and take advantage of all its characteristics.